Today we marked the end of ‘Letter to Myself’, the stitching project inspired by Lorina Bulwer, by visiting her grave and leaving a stitched message of thanks.
Some of us had written personal messages on the fabric.
Such a seemingly insignificant grave for someone who has been in our thoughts a lot over the past few months. We hope our gift shows that Lorina is still remembered, and her work celebrated.
We’ve started stitching on to the surfaces we prepared. We are using the same method as Lorina used to stitch words and we are also using other stitches like running stitch to enhance the images we created.
‘Friends are like flowers and I pick you.’
Today we headed to Barrington Farm, laden with freshly cut willow from Repps Meadow (thanks to Broads Authority volunteers)…
We then spent some happy hours weaving with the artists at Barrington Farm, introducing the artists to the medium. The room was buzzing with creative energy, and after some initial experimentation willow sculptures of all shapes and sizes began to emerge!
We made some beautiful willow tension plates with GFS Platform’s SNAP group…
and the girls were very happy with the finished pieces…
We went on to make some wool gods eyes, getting a bit of practise in before we add willow gods eyes to the baskets we’re making.
Today was our final session with the cran weaving group.
We added splints and sticks to mimic the reinforcement in the Quarter Cran baskets we have seen in the Time & Tide Museum collection.
Rather than the horizontal row of weaving halfway up the basket side, some of the group decided to create a ‘wave’ of weaving sweeping in a spiral from bottom to top…
All the baskets looked very beautiful, and the basket makers felt very satisfied with their work.
This week was our final week working with the group at Herbie’s.
Swill style baskets were completed and fun was had by all. Many thanks to everyone at Herbie’s, you’ve made us feel so welcome.
We continued the basket weaving we started with a group of women a couple of weeks ago. The designs are based on the traditional Quarter Cran herring basket.
We wove basket sides, sharing conversation, laughter and some peaceful silence.
As well as the satisfaction that comes from making a useful, beautiful item, everyone described the feelings of calm and relaxation that they experienced throughout the workshop – it was a great session.
Another busy session at Herbie’s, with plenty of baskets on the go…
Here’s an example, this one made by David…
He’ll finish it next week.
And as we are making fishing baskets we thought we would bring some fish to share – kippers.
Not much left at the end of the session!
This week’s workshop at Herbie’s was very busy, as more people made willow plates and others started on the frames of their willow baskets, based on Great Yarmouth’s swill.
Janet hadn’t worked with willow before, yet she made this beautiful plate.
And Austin put his plate to immediate use…
Austin was a natural with the willow, and straightaway made a start on a swill basket…
He’ll do more weaving next week. Here’s a swill that James was working on, alongside one of Time & Tide museum’s original baskets…
…even at this early stage you can already see that the style of weave is similar. It’s great to be exploring the town’s heritage in such a hands-on way!
Today we spent a very enjoyable few hours weaving willow with a lovely group of women. First we made some willow tension plates….
Then we made basket bases
Next time we’ll make a start on the sides, as we weave baskets based on the Quarter Cran, used in Great Yarmouth’s herring fishing heyday.